ERIC Number: ED468239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Motivating Students To Read for Enjoyment.
Luna, Michelle; Urbanski, AnneMarie; White, Susan
This research intended to describe interventions to enhance students' motivation to read for enjoyment. Students' personal reasons for reading may include curiosity, social involvements, emotional satisfaction and/or necessity. Other reasons for reading may include: sustained involvement; challenge; compliance; recognition; competition; and work avoidance. When reading motivation is lacking, the extent of the learner's active involvement and attitude toward learning in general wanes. Many students in the focus first, third, and fifth grade groups exhibited a lack of motivation to read for pleasure. Probable causes for this low motivation to read for pleasure included a lack of: materials, models, previous enjoyable experiences, or self perceived competence. The following solutions were expanded upon: an abundance and variety of books in the classroom; a teacher who actively models reading behaviors; a book-friendly classroom environment; opportunities for interactions with others; and parent involvement. The study results showed students were more positively motivated to read for pleasure and were engaged in doing so. Students chose to read when given a choice. Students were more excited and eager to share what they have read with others. Appendixes contain: the parent survey, the reading survey, motivation to read profiles, a checklist for student involvement with literature, and a checklist for promoting literature through teaching activities. (Contains 42 references and 8 figures.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.